Ashton Scholastic run a book club through the school. They have many entertaining and often educational books available to order through a monthly order system. If you wish to order books through this club simply fill out the order form and send the correct money or cheque back to school in an envelope. Cheques can be made out to Barton Rural School or Scholastic New Zealand.
Children have the option of opening an account and banking through the school. People are most welcome to ring the school office if they require a form. We wish to encourage as many children to get into the SAVINGS habit as we can!The school banking is done through ASB - we endeavour to have it banked each week.
From time to time a teacher may feel a trip away from the School would help the children learn more about a particular topic they may have been studying from first-hand experiences.
Parents will always be informed of these prior to the day and may sometimes be asked to assist with the supervision of these trips. The school always carries a cellphone during these trips and can be contacted in case of an emergency on 0277669290 (Principal’s cellphone number).
As part of the Schools programme, children will participate in a number of activities during the school year. Swimming, Cross-Country Running, Athletics and other cultural activities etc;- you will be informed of these when the activities are about to be held. As a School we welcome all parents, grandparents, members of the community, and friends of families to come along and join us on these occasions.
Barton Rural School is very fortunate indeed to be able to offer an excellent Individual Needs and Abilities programme to the pupils of the school who need extra one to one assistance.
At Barton Rural we use a range of means to report about student progress and achievement.
We use National Standard information to report about Reading, Writing and Mathematics - these skills are to be used and enhanced ACROSS the curriculum.
We also use Learning Journals that include work samples and student comments to show case progress and work ethic - this may connect to our being Ready, Willing and Able learners.
Student Voice is an essential ingredient when sharing our learning pathways. Akonga at BRS are all able to talk to and share with whanau learning pathways and next steps.
Celebration of learning takes place through classroom and school displays as well as Performance Assemblies and other opportunities.
The writtten report timeline changes dependent upon your birthday if you are in Years 1, 2 or 3. If your child in in Years 4-8 there will be a 'interim' or midpoint report that shares where the learning is in regards to progress towards the National Standard. At the end of year the report identifies where the learning is against the National Standard.
Our current Library underwent a major revamp during 2006.
During 2006 we had a school wide competition to rename our library. From this the K.I.W.I centre was born … Knowledge, Interests, Wisdom and Information … a resource more than your everyday run of the mill library! We now have a 21st Century library that we are delighted to work in.
Our senior students are currently applying for librarian positions - our children are very motivated and are finding people who can be their referees. What great quality librarians we will have.
We are always very interested in hearing from families and care-givers in regards to new school enrolments.
The school currently has an enrolment zone and must carefully manage the number of children. The enrolment scheme allows the school to reach a maximum of 148 students.
Our roll is very healthy at the moment and can only guarantee enrollments if you live within the zone. Please ring to find out more information.
If you know of anyone likely to begin school in 2013, 2014 or 2015 please make a strong suggestion that they contact school as soon as possible. Future projections help us make more accurate predictions.